Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

A healthy gut creates a strong immune system.

Your gut control up to 70%

A healthy gut begins with your microbiome which is a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that make up your gut microbiota. The microbiota, the products it makes, and the entire environment is your microbiome.

When your microbiome is out of balance, poor gut health can contribute to many health issues such as leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune disease, arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

The good news is that you control your microbiome through diet, physical exercise, sleep, minimizing toxins and stress management. Knowing this can start you on the path to improving your gut health.

The quality of your health relies on the balance of organisms and bacteria living within your gut.

How is your gut health? When it’s not balanced with good bacteria, your immune system can become compromised and make it harder for your body to respond to germs as quickly or as efficiently.

Toxins and germs can drain your immune system. This can lead to respiratory infections, sinus infections and lung infections. They can cause problems with your GI tract and with your kidneys. You can also experience skin infections and skin rashes.

If you are experiencing the above symptoms or headaches, muscle aches, food allergies or sensitivities, gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, frequent colds or feeling tired to the point of exhaustion, listen to the signals your body is sending.

Any of these symptoms could be caused by germs or toxins, or both. They point to the need for changes in your diet to cleanse and detoxify your body.

Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle choices that are creating toxicity in the body. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, they allow themselves to become overweight, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Boost Your Immune System

We all need to be diligent about improving our health. Toxins are in our food and environment, and we can make better choices to boost our immune systems. Eating healthy foods that cleanse toxins out of the body and improve our gut health can make a significant difference.

Your immune system is constantly working to eliminate toxins. It fights off viral junk, bacterial infections, fungus and more. When there are too many toxins, it can be easy for your immune system to get overloaded. More than ever, people are being diagnosed with autoimmune conditions, food allergies and chronic disease.

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, there are some that are linked to environmental toxins. These can cause your body to turn on itself and attack certain organs. This is because the immune system registers the organ itself as a foreign invader rather than a toxin.

Eating more nutrient-dense living foods, cleanses your body and increases your healthy gut bacteria.

This takes the pressure off your immune system to help it work the way that it should, while increasing the healthy bacteria in your gut and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Fermented vegetables

Eating probiotic foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement also helps to increase the good bacteria.

Probiotic foods include live-cultured yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, miso soup, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain fibers and sugars that can boost the health of your gut bacteria.

Improve your gut health and immune system by adding probiotic foods to your diet and removing sugar which feeds the bad bacteria.

Until next time, be healthy and happy!

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Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Fermented Foods Improve Gut Health

Healthy probiotics (good bacteria) in fermented foods improve  gut health, keep your colon clean, improves the function of your colon and provides a place for these friendly bacteria to grow!

The good news is that probiotic-rich fermented foods have been around for thousands of years and this is a traditional way to preserve food and beverages.  These fermented foods are also referred to as cultured vegetables or cultured dairy products.

When I started making my own yogurt in the 1980’s, I was only familiar with the term “fermented” and I learned in 2002 that they are also referred to as cultured vegetables.

Since becoming a Certified Body Ecologist through Donna Gates’ Body Ecology training, I have made thousands of quarts of cultured vegetables, coconut kefir and fermented coconut pudding using the Body Ecology culture starters.

Learning how fermented foods improve gut health was a vital part of my healing process and it can be for you too!

Why Should You Consider Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods, properly prepared, restore your gut bacteria to a healthy balance to improve your digestion. This in turn allows your body to absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, and improves your overall mental and physical health.

Good News About The Process of Fermentation

These fermented or cultured foods have been through a process of lacto-fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food. This process creates lactic acid which is a natural preservative that inhibits putrefying bacteria. It preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics.

Allowing bacteria to ferment in a sealed jar of vegetables over a period of time might not seem like the most appealing way to create a meal or side-dish. However, it is exciting to know how this healthy fermentation plays such an important role in balancing the bacteria in your gut.

In future posts, I will review ways to make your own fermented foods.

Until then, when talking about eating fermented foods for a healthy gut, remember… the lactic acid-based bacterium is the process to look for.

It isn’t necessary for you to learn how to ferment your own food, although you do save a lot of money when you make your own. Fortunately, in today’s market, there are many options available to you in your local grocery store, however, you should…

USE CAUTION: Not all fermented foods are good for restoring balance to your gut bacteria. Unfortunately, many mass-produced fermented foods, may have little beneficial bacteria actual left in them.  This is because of the preservatives, added sugars, colorings, or inexpensive vinegars used in place of a real fermentation process. Be on the safe side and look for fermented foods with organic ingredients and no sugar added.

Check out this post on Improving Your Gut Health.

Until next time, Experiment… try some fermented veggies or some yummy kombucha!

 

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Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love!

This veggie, herb and apple drink is a “TUMMY LOVE” and gut healing drink that is quick and easy to prepare!

This blended veggie drink is excellent for your digestive system.

Just blend the ingredients below.

In the 1990’s, I purchased an inexpensive small blender, and then another and another. They did not last long but I was strapped for cash back then. I was delighted when I was finally able to invest in a Vitamix.  It’s been doing a great job for 16 years now and still going strong!

When my daughter’s children were growing up, I had a mother-in-law suite in their home. I made smoothies for their family almost every morning.  When I remarried and moved, the grandchildren wanted to start making  their own “healthy smoothies”. 

I could not resist letting them borrow my Vitamins. Actually, I was just so impressed as I watched them!   🙂  It makes my heart happy to see them taking responsibility for their health!

INGREDIENTS: One Green Apple Quartered 1/4 to 1/2  of a Green Cabbage A Hand Full of Parsley 3  Celery Sticks 2  Cups of Purified Water (more if needed)

START SLOW:  If you are new to blending, remember this healthy drink is loaded with fiber as well as many nutrients.

SIPPING no more than a cup at a time is recommended in the beginning.

REFRIGERATE the remainder and drink throughout the morning or afternoon. The sooner the better!

REMEMBER your body needs to adjust to having lots of healthy fiber.

  I like to spice things up a little by adding some of my favorite anti-inflammatory herbs: Tumeric, ginger and cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of black pepper to help the absorption of the tumeric.

 

Chew Your Liquids and… Drink Your Solids! 

If you want better digestion and a healthier gut, focus on swishing and chewing your liquids AND chewing your solids until they are a liquid.  This will enable enzymes to mix with your liquids and solids to provide better digestion and better absorption of nutrients!  Read More …

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Veggie, Herb & Apple Drink – Tummy Love

Chew Your Way To Wellness!

When you become more mindful of eating clean and healthy food, it is important to start focusing on how you eat.  Most people eat unconsciously and rarely take time to chew their food properly which can lead to numerous health issues.

Learning to take your time to chew slowly is one of the most important things you can do.  Chewing more increases saliva which improves digestion. Digestion is the process of breaking down substances the body can use for energy, tissue growth and repair.

You should chew your food until you can no longer feel the texture of the food in your mouth.  This will create more saliva to moisten your food for ease of swallowing, improve your immune system and it may also help with your waistline.

Focusing on chewing your food properly can help with the overgrowth of bad bacteria in your gut that may lead to cramping, bloating, constipation, gas, diarrhea,  and other digestive problems.  If you want stronger teeth, less plague buildup and less tooth decay, then learn to chew your food!

 

Digestion Begins In The Mouth – When you make this small change and start thoroughly chewing your food, you will begin to celebrate the beauty and healing nature of your food. 

With better digestion, you will absorb more nutrients which in turn will improve your immune system.

Have you heard the saying, “You Are What You Eat”?  Let’s take this a few steps further… 

You are what you eat, what you assimilate and what you eliminate.

“Eating Slowly and Mindfully May Shrink Your Waistline The research is clear: slowing down your meals does all sorts of good things for your body, including causing you to eat less. Eating slowly creates actual biochemical changes that make you less inclined to overeat. Even if you aren’t a research buff, I think you will appreciate the underlying message that comes through loud and clear from these studies.” You can read Dr. Mercola’s full post here.

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